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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Captain’s Log

The Shipwreck received some pretty hard news yesterday. A transmission from the school board was sent that no parent ever wants to receive;


Someone in your child’s class has tested positive for COVID-19. He is required to self isolate in the barracks for the next 14 days

Relic took the news in stride and has handled the situation far better than I. He is managing his 14 day stay in the barracks, very well. That being said it’s day 2 and he now has a tv in his room. I on the other hand am pretty sure I’ve taken my temperature at least 15 times, developed a sore throat, cough and earache. However, I did some solid googling I have miraculously healed myself of the earache. It’s not even a real COVID symptom.

It has now been 36 hours since we received the news and I feel it pertinent to note a few findings.

  1. Within the first 6 hours, you will know exactly how the person will respond to jail time (self-isolation)

Full discloser, Relic will not survive ANY length of stay in prison, he was climbing the walls and complaining of boredom 4 hours in. We decided to make an emergency curbside pick up of a new skateboard and bearings. Better safe than sorry if he breaks his deck before things open back up.

2.The captain will be the one to take on the role of butler. All meals, drinks, and any other need will be hand-delivered by you.

I highly recommend turning your ringer to silent, this will help your prisoner learn to prioritize their limited number of hourly calls.

3. The COVID letter feels as traumatic as being notified your child’s class has lice.

Not only will you panic clean like your house like it is infested with tiny bugs, but each time someone sneezes, sniffles or coughs, the fear that you too are infected will slowly eat away at your sanity.

Google tells me this normal.

4. Make sure you have all the essentials on hand.

The shopping list should include wine. Lots of wine. Also, snacks, boredom makes for hangry teens. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you will need to choose between wine and snacks, pick the wine.

5. The Immense guilt.

This will hit the hardest, there will be heaping amount of guilt and shame over the things you did or could have done better to stay safe. It’s my strong opinion that you must ensure that you are prepared for this event and keep emergency supplies on hand (see note 4). Along with the grace and acceptance that you and your crew are only human and are doing the best you can.

This week has been a hard reminder that as exhausted as we are, we are not out of the woods yet. Keep safe everyone and remember to be a good neighbour, we are all scared.

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💯 all of this exactly how I’m feeling. So glad I have you to help get me through!!! 😍

Tarren Gilchrist
Tarren Gilchrist
Apr 15, 2021
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Thanks Sarah xoxoxo

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